Coconut Chutney

January 20th, 2011 filed under Chutneys / Pickles, Gluten Free
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Coconut chutney is a typical condiment that is served with South Indian dishes, especially Idlis and Dosas.  It has great texture and a unique taste that compliments many dishes.

Serves 8.


  • 1 cup coconut peeled and cut in small pieces
  • 2 tablespoon chana dal (available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 Serrano green chilies cut in small pieces
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • Approximately 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (if needed)

For Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • pinch of asafetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon black mustard seed
  • 2 red chilies broken in pieces
  • 6 to 8 curry leaves (1 sprig)


  1. Peel coconut and cut into small pieces for easy blending.
  2. Roast chana dal on medium heat until it is light brown in color and has a roasted aroma.
  3. Coarsely grind chana dal in a blender. Add yogurt, green chilies, and salt and continue blending into the paste.
  4. Add coconut to the paste, a few
    pieces at a time and keep blending.   Add water, as needed, to help with the grinding. (Adding the coconut in small amounts also helps this process).
  5. Before removing from blender,
    taste chutney to adjust the salt and pepper.  Use lemon juice to adjust the tang to suit your taste. Blend well.


  1. Heat oil in small pan. When hot, add black mustard seeds.
  2. When the seeds crack, add asafetida, red chilies and curry leaves.
  3. Pour the seasoning mixture over the chutney.

Coconut chutney can be refrigerated up to a week.

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36 Responses to “Coconut Chutney”

  1. veena says:

    thank you its really helpful your recipe.

  2. Caroline says:

    Hi Majula,

    Where I live, freshly grated coconut ( whole coconut) is a challenge to get in the stores. Is there a substitute for it.Would dessicated coconut work?

  3. Aileen says:

    Thank you for showing us how to make South Indian dishes. You are great!!! Thanks again.

  4. priyanka says:

    I really like your recipes.I feel they are very authentic and some really similar to how my nani used to cook.
    One request:
    Could you put approximate preparation time.

    Thanks again..

  5. pawan says:

    i learned a lot thank you

  6. Riya says:

    Hi Aunty,

    Could you tell me which Grinder you use..I cudnt find any useful ones..:)

  7. shweta says:

    awesome chutney:) thanks

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